Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Sound of Sleigh Bells Review & Giveaway!

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Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancĂ©. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.

Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?

I LOVED this book, I don't think I have enough words to tell you how much, not only because it was so well written and kept me engaged from beginning to end, but because it's Cindy Woodsmall. I mean who doesn't know Cindy Woodsmall?

The whole book is pretty much about forgiveness and letting go of the past. It's something not easy to do, I think we have all had situations where we've found ourselves at an impasse, trying to keep going from some major happening in your life but not exactly knowing how to.

I think for me as well, something else that made it such a good book was the fact that it's about the Amish and you all know what a great love I have for Amish things.

Now the cover can throw you off a bit and have you thinking that it's primarily a Christmas book, but it's not really, it's a great read for any time of the year.

Well written, lovable characters, great life lessons, it's go it all and guess what?

I'm giving away a free copy to a lucky reader.

All you have to do is leave me a comment. I will draw a winner on Saturday.

The giveaway is open to all US residents.

Now if you can't wait and would rather just go ahead and get yourself a copy, you can go here. Don't forget to check out Random House too, they have wonderful books.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


  1. This sounds wonderful - thanks for giving us the opportunity to receive this book!

  2. Cindy Woodsmall? Nope .. haven't heard of her -but sounds like a GREAT book!

  3. I would love an opportunity to win this book. I'd love to try a book by this author!

  4. I LOVE books! I don't htink I've read her before. But I love Amish fiction.

  5. I can't wait to read this book! I love Amish books. Thanks for this opportunity!

  6. I love the amish...and I love reading. Sounds like a great book.

  7. Thanks for the review - sounds like a good book!

  8. I would love to have this book on my bedside table :) Sounds like a great read to help me relax in the midst of the holidays! :)

  9. oops..hit the wrong key...the anonymous above was me..thanks for the giveaway!

  10. This does sound like a great book! Thanks for hosting this give away.

  11. Looks like a book I'd love to read.

    Kimberly in NC
    knchock at yahoo dot com

  12. Hi Sandra! I LOVE Cindy Woodsmall!!!
    I absolutely loved her first Series! If anyone has not read this series.. You must! She is such a nice person too & answers her own e-mails! I wrote her about her very first book & she wrote back with such a sweet note! I have wanted to get this book & would Love to be included in your giveaway! Thanks so much! ~ Hope you guys are having a great week! ~ Blessings ~ Teresa

  13. Sandra,

    I have always had a special place in my heart for the Amish people because they keep traditions alive from those in their past and they work with what God gave them, seeking only the needs they have and not wanting more.

    Sounds like a great book. Enter me!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  14. Who wouldn't love a good read?

  15. I too love all things Amish! That is is probably why I really wanted to know about this book. So glad you're doing a giveaway, I want a chance to win! Thank you for hosting this!

  16. I would love to read this! Sounds great!


  17. I have never read her books, but have been wanting to for quite some time.

  18. Well, I'm one who has not heard of her either - but I've been looking for a new read and this looks like something I would really enjoy. Would love to win it, but if not - where's my ATM card??? Thanks for sharing!

  19. I just LOVE stories about the Amish people.
    I recently did a book review on `Levi's Will` by: W. Dale Cramer. And am reading Beverly Lewis `Abram's Daughter` series.
    Thank you for having this giveaway & for adding my name.

    moma 3 homeschool @gmail (dot) com

  20. I am not familiar with Cindy Woodsmall however it this books message of "forgiveness and letting go of the past" is one lesson I need. Whether I am the winner or not, this will be in my bedside basket!

    Blessings to you from South Dakota!

  21. I love a good book and would love to be entered in you giveaway. I'm embarrassed to say, I haven't heard of this author, but I'm going to go check her out after reading your review.

    We were up in Iowa this summer and I was so intrigued with the Amish.

    Thanks for the opportunity at the giveaway.


  22. This looks like such a good book. I just saw it advertised in the CBD cataloge that came today. I would love to win it!